The phonology of Swedish has a large vowel inventory, with nine vowels distinguished in quality and to some degree quantity, making 17 vowel phonemes in most dialects. Swedish pronunciation of consonants is similar to that of other Germanic languages. Another notable feature is the pitch accent, which is unusual for European languages.
There are 18 consonant phonemes of which /ɧ/ and /r/ show considerable variation depending on both social and dialectal context. The voiceless palatal-velar fricative realization of /ɧ/ found in many dialects, including forms of the standard language, has so far not been found in any other language.